Managing River Sediments

  • Bernhard Westrich
Part of the Environmental Science and Engineering book series (ESE)


Sediments play an important role in river engineering and water resources management. In the past, many rivers in developed countries have been engineered by training and regulation works for navigation, hydropower generation and flood protection. In the past decades, municipal and industrial waslewaler discharge and various diffusive sources from agriculture have caused a widespread contamination of river sediments by heavy metals, organic toxicants and agrochemicals. Meanwhile, many historically contaminated sites in rivers are localized and identified as a severe latent hazard for the river ecosystem (see Sect. 1.1.3). Most of the contaminated sites have been detected in low flowing water bodies which are either permanently or temporarily connected to the main river channel such as near bank groyne fields in waterways or harbors, river dead arms, flood plains and last not least flood retention reservoirs (Fig. 2.1). Many deposits are most likely to be resuspended and transported over a long distance by extreme discharges causing contamination of not yet polluted surface water bodies and unpolluted soils subject to flooding.


Suspended Sediment Flood Event Critical Shear Stress Cohesive Sediment Sediment Erosion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernhard Westrich
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  1. 1.Institute of Hydraulic EngineeringUniversity of StuttgartStuttgartGermany

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